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HERALD PREP BASKETBALL PEEK: Includes girls/boys Top 5 Poll, Player of the Week, Quote of the Week, and upcoming schedule; Monday roundup

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Top Poll

BOYS

1.) Monroe 3-0

The Tornadoes are off to another fast start, including victories against Class AAAAA teams Valdosta and Colquitt County last week. Next: At Americus-Sumter, today, 7:30 p.m.

2.) Westover 2-2

The Patriots are coming off a loss on the road to Class AA state-ranked Thomasville, but have shown enough early to stay at No. 2 in this poll. Next: At Worth County, today, 7:30 p.m.

3.) Bainbridge 1-1

Super 6er Devon Baulkmon didn't play in the opening loss to Malone (Fla.) but dropped in 28 points in a win against a tough Randolph-Clay team Next: At Colquitt County, Friday, 8:30 p.m.

4.) Dougherty 1-0

The Trojans beat Albany and then took a long break. They play at Cairo tonight and then host Westover on Friday in an early city rivalry showdown. Next: at Cairo, today, 7:30 p.m.

5.) Terrell County 2-0

The Greenwave opened last week with wins against Miller and Randolph-Clay, but will get a big test early at Monroe on Saturday. Next: Vs. Baker County, today, 7:30p.m.

GIRLS

1.) Westover .....6-0

Talk about flying out of the blocks. The Lady Patriots have already won six games and clearly look like the best team in Southwest Georgia. Next: At Worth, today, 6 p.m.

2.) Monroe..................................................................3-2 Losses to Class AAAAA Valdosta and Colquitt County won't deter this team, which looks better than the playoff group form last season. Next: At Americus-Sumter, today, 6 p.m.

3.) Bainbridge.............................................................3-2

Bria Harris is taking over the scoring now that Alexis Burke is a star in the Big Ten, and Bainbridge is coming off a big win against Randolph-Clay. Next: At Colquitt County, Friday, 7 p.m.

4.) Americus-Sumter..................................................3-0

The Lady Panthers are expected to be a force in Class AAA this season, and will find out a lot about of this year's team tonight when it hosts No. 2 Monroe. Next: vs. Monroe, today, 6 p.m.

5.) Dougherty..............................................................1-1

The Lady Trojans looked impressive in an opening-night win against Albany, but lost to a good Class AAAAA team from Colquitt County. Next: at Cairo, today, 6 p.m.

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Teams eligible for poll: Albany, Monroe, Dougherty, Westover, Sherwood Christian Academy, Deerfield-Windsor, Terrell County, Terrell Academy, Pelham, Westwood, Mitchell County, Miller County, Bainbridge, Seminole County, Early County, Randolph-Clay, Randolph Southern, Southwest Georgia Academy, Southland, Americus-Sumter, Lee County, Worth County, Calhoun County.

** Poll voted on by Herald sports staff; new poll released every Tuesday

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Player of the Week

Terel Hall

Senior

Guard

Terrell County

Hall scored 22 points and had four steals and four assists last Friday in a 79-41 win against Miller County, and then scored 28 points, grabbed five rebounds, handed out eight assists and made two steals in a 77-71 win against Randolph-Clay on Saturday.

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Quote of the Week

"We have some work to do. But we will win the region.''

Jennifer Acree,

coach of the defending region champion Randolph-Clay girls team after losing to Class AAAA Bainbridge last week.

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By the numbers

5

Position the Terrell County boys basketball team, which returns four starters from last year's Final four team, are ranked in the preseason Class A coaches state poll.

7

The number of wins Monroe boys coach Marquis Davis has against his older brother Kirven Davis of Colquitt County. Marquis has won all seven of their head-to-head meetings.

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Terrell Academy and Westwood split

Dawson -- The Terrell Academy girls are off to a fast start this season, and improved to 5-0 after beating Westwood, 62-48 on Monday night.

Millie Foster led the way with 25 points and Alex Barfield scored 21 for TAE, which travels to play Crisp Academy tonight in Cordele.

Virginia Vereen led the Lady Wildcats with 16 points.

"We were 4-5 at the Christmas break last year, so we're happy to be at 5-0,'' Terrell Academy girls coach Keith Jones said.

Westwood's boys won, 61-33, as the Wildcats were led by Jake Kotter, who scored 11 points, and Mitch Good, who scored 10.

Clay Willis scored 20 for TAE.

Schedule

5:30 p.m.

Southland Academy at Stratford Academy girls

6 p.m.

Monroe girls at Americus

Cairo girls at Dougherty

Baker at Terrell County girls

Pelham girls at Randolph-Clay

Westover girls at Worth County

Seminole County at Calhoun County

6:30 p.m.

Sherwood Christian at Westwood

Deerfield girls at Mount de Sales

7 p.m.

Southland Academy boys at Stratford

7:30 p.m.

Cairo boys at Dougherty

Monroe boys at Americus-Sumter

Westover boys at Worth County

Baker boys at Terrell County

Pelham boys at Randolph-Clay

8 p.m.

Deerfield boys at Mount de Sales

Sherwood Christian boys at Westwood

Thursday

6:30 p.m.

Brookwood School girls vs. Sherwood Christian Academy

8 p.m.

Brookwood School vs. Sherwood Christian Academy

Friday

6 p.m.

Crisp County girls at Monroe

Pelham girls at Terrell County

Randolph-Clay girls at Seminole County

Worth girls at Brooks County

Americus girls at Cairo

6:30 p.m.

Deerfield girls at Tattnall Square

Westwood girls at SGA

Randolph Southern girls at Southland

Sherwood girls at Crisp Academy

7 p.m.

Dougherty girls at Westover

Bainbridge girls at Colquitt

7:30 p.m.

Crisp boys at Monroe

Worth at Brooks County

Pelham boys at Terrell County

Americus boys at Cairo

8 p.m.

Deerfield at Tattnall

Sherwood boys at Crisp Academy

Randolph Southern boys at Southland

Westwood boys at SGA

8:30 p.m.

Dougherty boys at Westover

Bainbridge boys at Colquitt County

Saturday

3:30 p.m.

Grace Christian Academy girls at SGA

4:30 p.m.

Central Fellowship Christian Academy girls at Deerfield

Southland Academy girls at Fullington

5 p.m.

Grace Christian Academy boys at SGA

6 p.m.

Terrell County girls at Monroe

Marion County girls at Americus-Sumter

Turner County girls at Worth Couny

Mitchell County girls at Randolph-Clay

Bainbridge girls at Thomasville

Pelham girls at Quitman County

Central Fellowship Christian Academy boys at Deerfield

Southland Academy boys at Fullington

7 p.m.

Albany girls at Westover

Seminole County girls at Lee County

7:30 p.m.

Terrell County boys at Monroe

Marion County boys at Americus-Sumter

Turner County boys at Worth Couny

Mitchell County boys at Randolph-Clay

Bainbridge at Thomasville

Pelham at Quitman County

8:30 p.m..

Albany boys at Westover